Although we, humanity, want to believe that the kind of atrocities, so brilliantly described in this book, are part of our past and will stay there forever, life has shown us that if we dare to forget these horrible events, we'll be doomed to live them again. Elie's description is impeccable, his narrative is superb and as a reader one can even try to understand what he lived at that time. I wish this book could be an obligatory reading for everyone interested by its historical perspective, but moreover by the hope of a better humankind.
YES, the narrator was superb
It was not a story to be "liked"
no favorite scenes either
It reminded me that hate and evil can rule humanity. Power is dangerous, placed in the wrong hands. We are on the fringe of losing our own democracy in the United States today. In this time of economic loss and civil unrest ... the next president could ? follow a path similar to that of Adolf Hitler.
I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books.
This book showed me what it was like for Jews who were taken to work camps. I was shocked and driven to tears reading this book. How any race could be so cold - is hard for me to understand. Having read other books on the subject that were written recently, this needs to be a companion to reading them.
Yes, it shows the heroics of a man in serious trouble.
I compare it to the German War as the story of the tragedy from two viewpoints.
Great book, interesting events.
Moving account of the Holocaust. Great reading performance added much to Mr Wiesel's account of this sad and wrenching period of history.
Heartbreaking, horrific, memorable. This book drives home some of the reality of the hell created in war.
To be Jewish and not read...unthinkable. To be of any faith and not read...your own people could become, oppressed, hated or enslaved, persecuted and disposed of, lest all humankind should know and never forget.
How can human beings commit so much evil?, can only be answered by the question of how can human being withstand so much suffering. This book will haunt and inspire me to pay attention and try not stand by silent as others suffer.
I am left trying to understand. Not the words or even any hidden meaning. The truth of this narrative does not require over-wrought symbolism. This narrative, the impossible account of man's inhumanity to man, is straightforward enough to gut your dreams. No, I am left trying to understand ... simply that. The man I want to be. The terrible demons in a human experience. I am left longing to understand the true nature of God and man, of heaven and endless night. This may yet be the most important book of my life. For now, it shall remain deeply haunting, moving, and bare. It is simultaneously a window and mirror to the very collective and individual soul of man. Riveting. Spellbinding. Vital. It is all of this and more. A must-ponder book. One to cherish and yet loathe in fear. Above all this, somehow I feel hope in knowing this man survived and carried with him the voice of millions now gone, but not lost forever. For in God, nothing is lost forever, I pray.